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Old 15th June 2006
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I'm looking for a recommendation on a manual transmission rebuilder on the west coast, hopefully California (yes, I've searched extensively before composing this). Car is a creampuff '85 900S. I gambled and lost on an '89 junkyard transmission. The one I pulled worked great except for the dreaded pinion whine. The replacement grinds, shakes, sticks in reverse, synchros are shot, etc. What I get for not pulling all the covers first and looking inside.

I'd consider rebuilding it myself except for my negative time availability situation. I know about the ones from Saabsite and Eriksson Industries, but I'm hoping to save some shipping costs at the least.

I looked at the specialist listings database, but didn't see anything there about transmission specialists.

Thanks for any tips!
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...Eriksson Industries
They produce an excellent product (at least they did in 1986, the last time I dealt with them).
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They produce an excellent product (at least they did in 1986, the last time I dealt with them).
Thanks. I just threw in the towel and ordered one. Should have it in a couple of weeks. Ah well. At least I can rationalize that when I'm done it'll be nicer than a 1985 Honda.
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Thanks. I just threw in the towel and ordered one. Should have it in a couple of weeks. Ah well. At least I can rationalize that when I'm done it'll be nicer than a 1985 Honda.
I'da just taken your original tranny with the bad bearing, tore it apart on the kitchen floor, pressed in a new $20 pinion bearing, replaced any synchros or other parts that were crappy and threw it in the car. Still many people say good things about the Eriksson.
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I'da just taken your original tranny with the bad bearing, tore it apart on the kitchen floor, pressed in a new $20 pinion bearing, replaced any synchros or other parts that were crappy and threw it in the car. Still many people say good things about the Eriksson.
Ya, I hear you, but this thing is a tool, not a toy (I have plenty of those). I was tempted, but with all the other things tugging on my time, and the fact that it's not me driving the car, I just need it to work. The idea of it just showing up in a crate, doing a one-day swap and then hitting the road, was too tempting to resist.
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